Program Co-leaders:
Joanne Dorgan, PhD, MPH
Cheryl L Knott, PhD

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The Population Science (PS) Program of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) conducts multidisciplinary research to identify determinants of cancer etiology, cancer-related behaviors and survivorship, and to translate basic discoveries into behavioral cancer prevention and control interventions. The program has unique strengths and a significant emphasis on reducing cancer disparities, working directly with populations in the UMGCCC catchment area. The program includes four themes:

  1. Epidemiology of infection- and hormone-related cancers — Identify the molecular, genetic and lifestyle determinants of infection- and hormone-related cancers in the United States and globally.
  2. Tobacco and nicotine — Characterize nicotine and tobacco products; identify biopsychosocial influences on tobacco use; and develop and evaluate novel prevention and cessation interventions, particularly among vulnerable populations.
  3. Equity in cancer prevention and early detection — Identify psychosocial influences on cancer-related health behaviors and develop and evaluate interventions to foster recommended cancer-related behaviors, particularly in medically underserved populations. 
  4. Cancer survivorship — Identify mechanisms of cancer treatment–related pain and characterize individual-, treatment-, and community-level influences on racial disparities in cancer outcomes.

The Population Science Program bridges researchers from the Baltimore and College Park campuses of the University of Maryland and furthers the mission of UMGCCC.